Hennessey Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Packs 1,000 Horsepower To Cast Out A Demon27
Dodge has been anything but subtle in saying it has a pretty powerful Challenger, the Demon, coming our way very shortly. However, Hennessey has pulled a sucker punch with this beast of a Camaro in a clear effort to overshadow whatever Dodge has up its sleeve. This is the Hennessey Exorcist.
Based on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Hennessey Performance Engineer has gone downright devilish to produce 1,000 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 996 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 RPM. Most of those demonic ponies come from a larger, higher flowing supercharger and intercooler system producing 14 psi of boost pressure.
But, HPE has done other slight engine modifications to arrive at the Exorcist as well. The Exorcist comes complete with ported factory cylinder heads, camshaft upgrade, longtube stainless steel headers, high-flow air induction system and custom engine management calibration, too.
Drag radial tires are standard with the HPE Exorcist, and the performance house claims it will run a quarter-mile time of fewer than 10 seconds while rocketing from 0-60 in under three seconds. But, since it has ZL1 in its blood, the Exorcist will perform just as well on a road course, according to HPE, which ensured the Exorcist still encompassed the renaissance man attributes the ZL1 has been lauded for.
HPE plans to produce 100 units of the Exorcist per year at a cost of $55,000 for the entire package. That includes the performance upgrades, graphics and a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty. But, there are a few different ways you can exorcise the demon.
HPE will offer an optional drag pack for $8,995, which includes a tool kit, driveshaft upgrade and a pair of 20-inch wheels with 315/30-20 Nitto drag radial tires. A road race pack adds a set of 20-inch light weight Hennessey wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires at the cost of $6,995. Finally, if an automatic transmission is your choice of gearbox, it will require an upgraded transmission at the cost of $9,950.
It looks like Hennessey has seriously covered all its bases with the Exorcist. Your move, Dodge. The devil is in the details.
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There’s very little mention of drivetrain improvements to handle the extra power. I predict diffs and gearboxes will be in short supply following the release of these 100 editions 😉
Hennessey needs to take the track version to the “Green Hell” (since we’re talking about Demons and Exorcisms), and put a good driver in the car!
First and foremost, I am diehard GM. With that being said, this is still a car that has been modified by a 3rd party. You could take a VW Rabbit to a shop and have them mod the Hell out of it if you wanted to do so. The Dodge Demon will be a factory produced vehicle. Just for the record, I am not a fan of the Demon concept. Fiat/Chrysler is swirling around the drain and all the CEO wants to do is make low production, niche vehicles that hardly sell. It is shear lunacy from a business/financial standpoint. Fiat/Chrysler needs some vehicles for the masses to get the company out of the gutter. Both the Dart and 200 fell flat on their faces.
While it is true, these mods are aftermarket, they are none the less mods that easily could have been standard equipment, (They do know how to do that).
As you point out the financial statement of FCA yourself, small production run vehicles are not profitable from an auto manufacturers standpoint, not to mention the liabilities that could go with such a car.
GM has always made life easy as if intentional to support the aftermarket industry. Especially with the V8, why else would they be powering most of the boat’s at the river and buckets/rods (from across the street in Detroit).
Such a great time for the American Hot Rod!
FCA had removed the Avenger from Dodge’s line up.
now the Dart will be gone.
Chrysler is down to a 2 model line up since the 200 will be going away.
Eventually Dodge or Chrysler will go defunct….Jeep and RAM sold off.
So Infamous06 I agree it is actually silly that FCA is always doing these niche vehicles.
the platform that the Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger/Dodge Challenger is manufactured on is from the mid 2000s. There was supposed to be a new generation Challenger for 2018, it has been pushed to 2021…if it even happens.
Yes, the “LX” platform is old (and heavy), it was developed with previous design elements from Mercedes, In exchange it is how Mercedes was able to pirate/(partner) the Viper platform from Chrysler for the Mercedes-Benz SLS!
Forget the Demon, the old Hellcat can be bumped to over 1000HP just by changing a pulley and adding a new program. This Crumaro has no chance in exercising the Demon, Bwaahahahaha
Except it’s a fat ass. The Hellcat is barely faster than a stock ZL1 andit has 50 hp over the Camaro. The Demon even with 1000hp will be struggling to stomp a Exorcist, nevermind a owner built; bolt-on car with good tuning and a driver mod. It’s a great time to be into cars…
Whats up Ford; where you at!!
Ford is into TT V6s a la Ford GT, and never mind the expense to the customer 😉 And that dinky little pony car thing.
Hush yo mouth fleetman…the very Camaro n .Mopars owe their very existence to Fords highly successful Mustang which has been in continuous production since 1964!!!
The 12 Shelby GT500 started this hyper horsepower craze with its ZR1 beating 662hp stock vs 638. Where was the Challenger then? O yea…emylating n one upping the Blue Oval. Smh…
Alllrighty then. So when I said “dinky” you knew exactly what I meant. haha
Here ya go Toddd…
Watch your precious Fords run off the page and onto the track???? ooh wait, N/A??? what does that mean??? ooh wait??? where’s the “Shelby GT500”???
I remember now,,, (quote unquote) “Ford doesn’t post proof/lap times” (that’s what they said about the one that started it all)!!! They refused to disclose lap times for the coveted “Shelby” “GT500”!!!
Was Shelby actually doing anything to the cars or is/does Ford just buying the decal??? He was a “race car driver”, as in, going around a race track!
As Axl said, “Get in the Ring”!
@ gay george
Haha, yeah but you still have to deal w/ that fiat garbage quality! The hellokitty would break down before finishing the 1/4 mile.
I too wish this was a Genuine Chevrolet product instead of a 2nd party kit package. Still, The name, the look and the numbers IMO are just fantastic… They really truly nailed this. Just nailed it.
If only the Chevrolet Silverado ‘Reaper’ was done as tastefully… I still can’t get over what the 2nd party did to the front end there.
Base level ZL1 $62K plus Exorcist upgrade $55K = $117K with non-manufacturer warranty…. Nissan GTR $111K with full manufacturer’s warranty. Hmmm a quandry.
ZL1 Exorcist > nissan GayTR
No quandary there.
Subjective. Completely subjective.
For me, I’d take a standard ZL1 or ZL1/1LE over this ~$120k monstrosity any day.
As HA1% said, go “touch dinks on the weekend” and drive your Mom’s Cruze. A 2015 Nismo version of the GTR is the 7th fastest car around the Green Hell…ZL1 is, ummm,…. 34th. The 6 cars ahead of the Nismo require hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy, millions in some cases – all are ex. factory. The 2017 Nismo has even better track qualities than the 2015 so it’ll be even faster.
I agree, this Hennessey ZL1 is VERY pricey. A $117k Camaro??? Eh…
I’m a Mopar guy and have been for about 30 years. Personally I couldn’t care less what brand (BIG 3) is faster than the next. I’m excited to see what comes next. I have been in a ZL1 and was impressed. I have friends with bad ass Mustangs that are not factory built but non the less extremely fast cars. A 2012 Coyote with Hellion twin turbo’s pushing 1100RWHP…… This Mustang will bury the Exorcist AND the Demon.
Truth is Chrysler/GM/Ford are all capable of producing way more power but if the throw in all the marbles at once then the game would be over. They will gradually keep nudging ahead of each other every year until like the 70’s the Govt will find a way to spoil the fun. Until then, keep it coming, we love it !
I’m more into old Muscle myself, rather build my own car than spend $XXX,XXX on a modern muscle car. My naturally aspirated small block can compete with any of these fatory built cars and I spent way less, and I can say I built my own ride. My car is also displayed at major events and car shows where there is never another same car present. I don’t care to have some modern car that show up to an event and theres 10 more exactly like it in the same lot.
@ 450 EXCumguzzler
Your comments show your mentality. I’m betting the most powerful car you have ever driven is your mothers Cruze.
Save your “gay” comments for your gay friends when your touching dinks on the weekend while the rest of us are at the race track.
Get in the Ring, all three of them , Mustang, Challenge and Camaro!
My money is on the Chevy!
When’s the last time a Hemi has been pushed hard around the Ring? Has the new GT even been run there?
I’d like to see all ex factory models run under Glickenhaus rules. 🙂
What I want to know is how much the “Exorcist” weighs in comparison to the “Demon” I haven’t been able to find this info. The extra hp and torque the camero offers is bust if the dodge weighs less. The Demon was built ground up, the camero Exorcist is just a very expensive modification. Any answers?
2017 Challenger Hellcat with manual trans weighs about 4,449lbs.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Manual Coupe weighs about 3,883lbs.
Demon curb weight hasn’t been released yet, though you could go to the website and add up the stated weight reduction numbers!
I-5 north of Bakersfield to the I-580, about 220 miles is pretty much a straight line.
Other then that, the world does has a few turns!
Top marks and total respect have to go to the Exorcist. Having said that, when Ford comes out with the new Shelby GT500 they will soon after (undoubtably) come out with the new and improved “Shelby Super Snake” which will most certainly hit 1,000 hp+. When that happens, I will probably be buying the Shelby.
Great, let us know what Ring times you get!